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30 Laws in 30 Days: Impersonating a veteran to be a misdemeanor

By Jackson Hughes TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 18th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS ­­— Impersonating a veteran in order to receive a discount or any other benefit is soon to become a crime. “It is sad to know that […]

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More than a dozen new laws aim to make Indiana more “veteran-friendly”

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are working to make the state more welcoming to veterans. Gov. Mike Pence signed multiple bills into law Tuesday that honor and accommodate Hoosier veterans. During his speech, Pence compared the packed stage below the Statehouse rotunda where legislators stood shoulder-to-shoulder, to the state’s support for active […]

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Efforts to ensure all veterans receive a proper burial

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators are working on a bill that would ensure Indiana veterans receive a proper military burial. Senate Bill 145, authored by Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, establishes a process for non-profit organizations that specialize in locating, identifying, and providing a proper military burial for unclaimed veterans remains in a […]

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Organizations pushing legislators to improve veteran services

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four organizations came together Friday to announce their support for legislation to help veterans. “We’re so excited to be working together with these other three organizations collectively for nearly half a million Hoosier veterans,” Larry Lowry, commander of the American Legion in Indiana. “We’re also excited to openly work […]

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Veterans bills push for more benefits & services

By Shelby Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– A new bill aims to help homeless veterans receive state aid, if they do not qualify for federal benefits. House Bill 1057 focuses on improving the lives of homeless Indiana National Guard veterans who do not current qualify for federal benefits. These veterans were placed on active duty service, […]

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Congress passes National Defense Authorization Act

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The National Defense Authorization Act, authored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, is on its way to the desk of President Barack Obama. Congress passed the bill, which would provide improved mental health care for military personnel and their families, Wednesday. “At a time when our nation faces significant challenges with […]

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Donnelly’s military mental health legislation moves forward

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s proposal to provide more mental health options for active military servicemen is on its way to the full Senate. The Service Member and Veteran Mental Health Care Package – also referred to as “Care Package” – is a component of the National Defense Authorization Act […]

Commentary: Here’s a real way to honor veterans

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Commentary: Here’s a real way to honor veterans

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps it is appropriate that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush prompted a national discussion about the Iraq War just days before the Memorial Day weekend. What better time is there to tally up the costs and benefits of a war than on the holiday when we honor and mourn […]

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Firm can give hiring preferences to vets under bill Pence signed into law

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill into law that lets companies give preference to veterans in hiring or promoting workers. “Our Hoosier heroes deserve our utmost respect, and we owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid,” Pence said in a statement. “The legislation I sign […]

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Vets could get a leg up for jobs under bill headed to governor

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow employers to give veterans preference when hiring for jobs passed the House and Senate on Monday. The bill underwent minor changes that gave the preference to more veterans including former members of the Indiana National Guard and Air National Guard. “Our hardworking Hoosier veterans […]